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Udall, Heinrich: New Leadership Needed at N.M. VA Medical Center

on July 23, 2014 - 6:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall


WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 21, as the acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary visits New Mexico, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the VA to move quickly to hire a qualified permanent director for New Mexico's VA hospital to help it immediately begin the work to regain the trust of veterans and address serious problems with scheduling, emergency response, care for rural veterans and other challenges.

Numerous vacancies at the VA, including the New Mexico VA Medical Center (VAMC) director, have made it extremely difficult to make

WIPP to Reduce Transportation Contract Drivers

on July 23, 2014 - 6:44am

WIPP News:

Visionary Solutions, a carrier contracted to transport waste to WIPP, will reduce its driver teams as a result of the February events that suspended waste disposal operations at the facility.

In anticipation of the decline in shipments, the Carlsbad Field Office asked Visionary Solutions to propose cost estimates that reflect the reduced need for transportation services. Visionary Solutions has now reduced its qualified two-person driving teams from 11 to three. The number of dedicated tractors or trucks also will be reduced to three.

WIPP will maintain its transportation

OBITUARY: Simon A. Bergauer Feb. 20, 1917–July 20, 2014

on July 23, 2014 - 6:41am

SIMON A. BERGAUER Feb. 20, 1917–July 20, 2014

Simon “Sy” A. Bergauer entered into his well deserved rest on July 20, 2014 at the age of 97.

Sy was born February 20, 1917 to Simon and Katherine Bergauer in St. Louis, Mo. Growing up he enjoyed baseball, fishing and just being outdoors with his brother, sister and friends. 

Sy was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Edward Bergauer, a sister, Emma Bergauer, a nephew in law, Rod Slocum, a grandchild Rodney Bergauer and a grandnephew, Ricky Wells.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Olive Mae Bergauer, son Timothy and wife Rhea,


DOE: Up to $31 Million for Initial Phases of Enhanced Geothermal Systems Field Observatory

on July 23, 2014 - 6:39am

DOE News:

As part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department announced up to $31 million to establish the initial phases of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS).  

EGS are engineered reservoirs, created beneath the surface of the Earth, where there is hot rock but limited pathways through which fluid can flow. During EGS development, underground fluid pathways are safely created and their size and connectivity increased.

Los Alamos Pedestrian Hit By Truck Has Died

on July 22, 2014 - 1:59pm

Emily Mares-Lang

Los Alamos Daily Post

Emily Mares-Lang, 73, of Los Alamos died Monday evening after being struck by a truck July 16 near the Los Alamos Post Office.

She had remained in critical condition at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center since being hit while walking in the crosswalk on Main Street.

"The world will miss a beautiful person ... that's for sure," Ed Lang said today, adding that arrangements are pending.

He said that he and Mares-Lang would have been married 24 years in September.

Mares-Lang was employed the last eight years at Los Alamos

Los Alamos Tops America's Best Small Towns List!

on July 22, 2014 - 8:14am

Ashley Pond Park in the heart of Los Alamos. Photo by TK Thompson 


  • Annual list ranks America’s top small towns

Perhaps the best thing about a great small town is its ability to change your perspective. With this in mind, has named the Top 10 Small Towns, 2014.

These cities provide beautiful locales that inspire both creativity and activity, and they offer unhurried atmospheres, authentic character and characters, cultural gems, fantastic outdoor settings and the uncommon ability to change lifestyles, shift points of view and nourish souls with simple

Johnson: The Impossibility of Untangling Conservation and Development

on July 22, 2014 - 7:59am
Los Alamos
(Currently doing an internship in Mongolia)

This is the first of a series of (roughly) monthly columns I'll be writing for the Los Alamos Daily Post on international development, humanitarian aid, and related issues.

In the United States and much of the developed world, we primarily think of conservation in terms of protected areas such as national parks, wildlife refuges, and wilderness areas. In these areas, human activity is usually limited to tourism and research.


LAHS Students Compete in National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships

on July 22, 2014 - 7:57am
Young shooters and coaches from left, Chris Bond, Alan Bond, Josh Smith, David Smith, JoAnna O'Neill, Mike O'Neill, Chris Luchini, Kes Luchini and Kathy Smith. Photo by Katie Hoyne


Five Los Alamos High School students competed in the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships last week in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Chris Bond, Kes Luchini, JoAnna O'Neill, David Smith and Josh Smith participated in the shotgun event, which consisted of one day of training and two days of competition with shooters from all over the United States.


Help Get Los Alamos Little Theatre Spruced Up For New Season Saturday

on July 22, 2014 - 7:42am

LALT News:

It is time to get the Los Alamos Little Theatre ready for the new season. A work party is scheduled beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 26 at the theater on Nectar Street.

Dennis Powell will lead the crew in painting the risers. Corky Howell will lead repairs on the storage shed. Pruning and weeding also will take place. Bring work gloves and a hat. Wear sunscreen.

There will be coffee, juice and light refreshments in the morning, and a lunch to reward the volunteer workers. Everyone is welcome.

Food on the Hill: Green Chile Bacon Cheeseburgers

on July 22, 2014 - 7:41am
This Week's Recipe: Green Chile Bacon Cheeseburgers
Photo by Sue York/
8 strips bacon, cooked - save fat
1 tablespoon bacon fat
1 1/2 slices white bread, crusts removed and torn into small pieces
1/4 cup milk1/4 cup of very finally chopped onion
1 1/3 pounds ground beef1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 large garlic cloves, pressed
1 cup chopped and very well drained roasted green chile
4 slices of sharp cheddar cheese
Mix milk, bread and onions, until you make a paste.
Photo by Sue York/

Snow Is Best Predictor In Ski Hill Race

on July 22, 2014 - 7:35am
ACRR News:
Mary Snow was only 8 seconds off her predicted time in the July 15 Atomic City Road Runners' weekly pace race held on the trail across the road from the Pajarito Ski Lodge. 
Ted Romero has a 13 second differential and was also the fastest runner on the 3 mile course with a time of 23:33. Other top predictors were Paul Elkins at 33 seconds off and John Ullmann with a 43 second difference.
In the 3 mile race, the top female was Roxana Candia recording a 27:21. The top 2 mile trail participants were Melina Burnside with a time of 21:09 and

Los Alamos Aquatomics Place Third at State

on July 22, 2014 - 7:21am

Los Alamos Aquatomics team members and coaches. Courtesy/LAA

LAA News:

The Los Alamos Aquatomics placed third out of 19 teams and second among boys at the New Mexico Swimming 10 & under Championship meet in Farmington July 19-20, 2014. 

The team, comprised of two eight & under girls, and eight 10 & under boys posted some impressive best times and great relay swims.

Leading the team was Ming-Yuan Lo, 9, who won the 100 meter freestyle, and placed second in 50 and 100 meter butterfly and 50 meter freestyle.


Local Experts to Teach Wildflower ID Class

on July 22, 2014 - 7:07am

New Mexico wildflower. Photo by Terry Fox

PEEC News:

Do you enjoy the large variety of colorful wildflowers that pop up around Los Alamos, but wish you knew more about what you were looking at?

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will be holding a course beginning on July 30 and running Wednesday evenings for four weeks. in which two local experts, Terry Foxx and Craig Martin, will teach the group how to identify wildflowers.

The course will combine classroom learning with fieldwork, so that participants will come away with the ability to distinguish wildflowers on their

Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee Meets at UNM-LA July 23

on July 22, 2014 - 7:00am


The New Mexico Legislature’s Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meets 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 at the UNM-LA Student Center Lecture Hall (Room 230), 4000 University Dr.

Committee members will discuss Los Alamos National Laboratory's Waste Drum Characterization Process and LANL's Legacy Waste Cleanup Status.

They also will speak with Ryan C. Flynn, N.M. Secretary of Environment and receive the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Report from Joe Franco, manager of the DOE Carlsbad Field Office. Chromium Contamination Mitigation also is on the agenda.

Committee Chair Sen.

New Mexico Moves From 50 to 49 in Child Well-being

on July 22, 2014 - 6:50am



New Mexico moved up from the bottom ranking of 50 in the 2013 national KIDS COUNT rankings to 49 in child well-being this year in the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book.

While improvement was made from the 2013 to 2014 editions of the report in some child well-being indicators—such as child poverty (dropped from 31 percent to 29 percent), high school graduation rates (rose from 67 percent in 2010 to 74 percent in 2012) and our teen birth rate (dropped from 53 births per 1,000 female teens to 47 per 1,000)—others declined.

Key child well-being indicators that declined from


'Nature on Tap' July 24: Mountain Biking as a Stimulator for Local Economic Development

on July 22, 2014 - 6:38am

Steve Watts. Courtesy/LACM

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host “Nature on Tap,” part of a new informal discussion series, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24 at the Blue Window Bistro.

Steve Watts, general manager of the Los Alamos Co+op, will lead a discussion on how a local mountain bicycling association is hoping to stimulate economic development in Los Alamos, all centered around fun on our single-track trails.

The “On Tap” series is a relatively new project from the Los Alamos Creative District and is held every Thursday with the themes “Nature on

High Tea & Fashion Show Aug. 30

on July 22, 2014 - 6:38am

Photo by TK Thompson

TOTH News:

Tickets are on sale now for the High Tea and Fashion Show 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 2900 Trinity Dr. in Kelly Hall Fashions from Shop on the Corner (Trinity on the Hill thrift shop), also silent auction with handmade items, gift certificates, time and talent donations, and more. 

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under.

Letter to the Editor: Response to Bears and Smith's

on July 22, 2014 - 6:18am
Los Alamos

Please allow me to respond to two previous letters: I respectfully, but vehemently, disagree with the "writer" who labeled the bear pictures as stupid. I always fear the lack of objectivity of people who choose emotional descriptiveness instead of looking for an intelligent way to deliver a point.

I find the photos enjoyable as well as educational. As a resident of the county, I WANT to know when these creatures are around and what they're doing. I believe the photos contribute to public safety.


Municipal Court Closing From Noon July 22-25

on July 21, 2014 - 9:03pm


Los Alamos County Municipal Court will close at noon Tuesday, July 22 and remain closed through Friday, July 25 for Court Staff Professional Development.

The Court will reopen Monday, July 28.


Bear Returns To Ridge Park Condominiums

on July 21, 2014 - 7:57pm

The bear spotted over the weekend by several residents living in the Ridge Park Condominiums on Oppenheimer near Trinity Drive paid a return visit to the area today. Residents want their neighbors and visitors to be aware that the bear is prowling around the grounds. Photo by T. Steck

Photo by T. Steck

Photo by T. Steck

Letter to the Editor: Enough of the Stupid Bear Pictures

on July 21, 2014 - 7:46pm
Los Alamos
Enough of the stupid bear pictures. Please do something useful with your newspaper -- encourage our county's Environmental Sustainability Board to work toward bear-aware trash containers at a residential and business level. 
We only have one planet.

Los Alamos Police Chief Releases Department's 1st & 2nd Quarter Crime Statistics

on July 21, 2014 - 7:00pm

Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the first and second quarter of 2014, which were compiled by the Records Division of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property (property crime).

Both of these categories are referred to as Part I Offenses or Crimes. Violent crime is comprised of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

July 22 Personnel Board Meeting Cancelled

on July 21, 2014 - 6:23pm


The Los Alamos County Personnel Board Meeting scheduled for July 22 has been cancelled due to a lack of a quorum.


Woman Winds Up In Ditch On Main Hill Road

on July 21, 2014 - 5:20pm

Los Alamos police responded to the scene of a young woman driving a Lexus sedan down the Main Hill Road about 9 p.m. Sunday in rainy conditions who wound up in a ditch. The woman told witnesses at the scene that she hit her head on her steering wheel but did not lose consciousness. Police closed down the east bound lane for a short period of time while they pulled the woman's vehicle out of the ditch. Rain causes roads to become extremely slippery and officials caution drivers to lower their speed. Photo by Merry McIntyre

Letter to the Editor: Local Retailers And Smith's Making Big Gamble

on July 21, 2014 - 1:17pm
Los Alamos

Lisa Shin's letter suggesting that the Smith's Marketplace would have a "WalMart effect" on local businesses revisits an important issue. 

The Trinity Site Revitalization Project Advisory Committee, of which I was a member, and which advised the County Administrator and Council on this project, considered this question at some length.

My take on it following this discussion is that although there would be some loss of business by local retailers to the Smith's it would be more than compensated by the increase in local shopping because people would no longer be